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Artist: MOUNTAINS
Title: Mountains, Mountains, Mountains
Format: LP
Label: Catsup Plate
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Mountains, the duo of Brendon Anderegg and Koen Holtkamp, have been making some of the most beautifully epic music of the past four years. The two blend acoustic instrumentation with field recordings, subtle electronics and live sampling to create something otherworldly. Youve probably heard a lot of people running acoustic instruments through their computers and are probably pretty bored with that whole concept at this point. The last thing Catsup Plate would foist on the world is another twee laptop-folk project. Mountains is an altogether different entity. The Wire magazine described their music as infinite sheets of grainy sound build and renew themselves to immensely pleasing effect, and that pretty much sums it up for us here at C Plate. Mountains Mountains Mountains, though it feels of a piece, is actually a compilation of sorts. The whole of side B (Millions Of Time and Hive) constitutes the entirety of a 3" CD-R the band put together for a month-long tour towards the end of 2005. And interestingly, The Whale Years, the albums first track, was improvised in a hotel room in southern Georgia on that same tour (if only all improvisations sounded so beautiful and composed!). Nest was recorded in NYC in late 2007. Those who are familiar with Mountains will notice a more muscular sound on Mountains Mountains Mountains. Much of The Whale Years is built around a phased guitar line that, through manipulation of an unknown sort, takes on an overwhelming celestial grandeur. Nest finds Mountains returning to a fingerpicked acoustic guitar line, but with a ringing urgency that eventually falls away as the side runs out. Millions Of Time is based on a motorik-style repeating sample, upon which the band hangs huge washes of guitar that recall something like the dissonant melodies of early 90s shoegaze or the recent work of Axolotl. And the album ends with Hive, which may be the most forceful piece they have recorded. The first two and a half minutes begin with a ringing cloud of layered guitar picking that dies away momentarily, at which point a howl of dissonance and guitar wail envelops the song, eventually pushing the piece to a monumental drone that is totally unexpected and amazing. Edition of 500 LP-only copies in two color silkscreened sleeves." -Catsup Plate
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Artist: MOUNTAINS
Title: Choral
Format: Double LP
Label: Thrill Jockey
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"Mountains is Brendon Anderegg and Koen Holtkamp, friends since their middle school days. The duo were brought together by mutual artistic and musical interests, and both ended up at the school of the Art Institute of Chicago. It was during this time that they began exchanging musical ideas and compositions which led to them founding the Apestaartje label in 1999. As their collaborations and individual projects blossomed, they decided to create Mountains as a vehicle for live performance. A love of sculpting sound in front of an audience is at the heart of Mountains. The groups third album, Choral, (their first self-titled release and second album Sewn were both on Apestaartje), is the culmination of their work to date and a balanced mix of the first two efforts. Mountains is often compared to artists such as Brian Eno and Fennesz citing their extended melodies and their unique broad guitar work. Mountains seamlessly blend pastoral electronic sounds with both field recordings and a plethora of acoustic instruments. The resulting soundscapes are broad in scope and rich in detail. The effect is incredibly sublime and hypnotic as the sounds slowly wrap themselves around each other and alter themselves in the mind of the listener. Choral is a uniquely soothing and addicting listening experience and an aural crazy quilt: warm and inviting with many details to discover and explore." - Thrill Jockey.

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